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Peer Review

Chatting on the Internet

by Corinne Hoisington


Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Mar 03, 2008 by Information Technology Editorial Board
Overview: An approximately 3 minute video presentation and accompanying slides that presents various possibilities for online chatting. Covers mirc, icq, AOL im, and web-based chat. Nice introduction to the types of chats available on the Internet; the course is designed for the 2 and 4 year college students.
Learning Goals: Introduce chat.
Target Student Population: High School, College General Education in a computer literacy or communication class.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Computer literacy, navigating the internet, opening different windows, recommend some knowledge of pros and cons of internet chatting, use of media player controls.
Type of Material: Lecture/ presentation.
Recommended Uses: Could be supplemented by textbook reading and interactive experience. An excellent introduction or a refresher to various chatting options on the internet,
Technical Requirements: Works best in Internet Explorer. Fast internet connection; possibly flash player version 8 or 9

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Good brief overview for anyone who uses interent chatting; IM (instant messaging) is something that is used quite frequently hby today's college students, so it is great to have some introduction to this subject. The video is a short, well-presented, with good quality of both video and audio. It maintains interest.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The brevity and clarity of the presentation are effective for the purpose of a brief overview of chatting. A link is provided to one of the chat tools. This course should be a requirement in all introductory and intermediate computer literacy classes.
Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: Very easy to go through the presentation; intuitive menu, very nice, clean layout, pleasant color combination, controls are readily apparent and easy to use.
Concerns: I am not sure if the talking head is necessary as this is just a voiceover; on the other hand, it does introduce the instructor, because this is strictly an online course. This presentation works best in Internet Explorer. It did not work in the version 1.5. of Firefox.